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In Praise of Urban Paddle Boarding

Here at Red River Paddle - we love exploring wild and exotic places.  The further off the beaten track the better.  But the truth is most of us live in cities and there can be ample places to paddle that are only a few minutes away.  So we encourage you - don't be an urban paddling snob! There are lots to explore and see in your hometown.  Here in our home base of Winnipeg, our top places to paddle within the city are: 1. The Red River (Chief Peguis bridge down to Halfmoon Drive-in in Lockport is a favourite). 2. Assiniboine River (Beaudry Provincial Park to the Forks) 3. Seine River (in early Spring - when the river is flooded) 4....

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Wind vs Current

Had an opportunity today to go for a paddle. My wife was running errands so it was a great opportunity to ride the assiniboine. She could drop me off a little ways out and pick me up down stream when I am done. Today was a good day, sun was out with a little cloud cover, high teens in temp and a little breezy (or so I thought). The current on the river is very swift at this time of year, so I was looking forward to that. But as soon as I turned the corner on my entry point side river and hit the swift current of the assiniboine, I was blasted with a head wind. Drat.  In most...

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